RTL Group has confirmed that it will operate its cable channels in Hungary under a Luxembourg licence in the future.
From January, the licences for cable channels including RTL+, Film+ and Cool TV will come under RTL Group’s Luxembourg subsidiary CLT-UFA, which already houses the group’s channels in Belgium and the Netherlands.
However, the move will not apply to flagship service RTL Klub, whose licence will remain in Hungary. RTL Group said that the switch to a Luxembourg licence neither affects its viewers nor its advertising clients and said RTL Group “will remain deeply rooted in Hungary”.
“We acquired seven Hungarian-language cable channels in 2011. All of them, with the exception of Muzsika TV, have been operating with a Romanian license,” a RTL spokesperson told DTVE. “We re-assessed our operations in light of the difficult economic environment and decided to benefit from synergies/cost savings – it makes business sense to operate these cable channels from Luxembourg where we have technical facilities and staff.”